Trump Calls for Unity in His First State of the Union Address

By Melanie Arter | January 30, 2018 | 9:35pm EST
President Donald Trump in his first State of the Union address (Screenshot of White House video)

( - In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for Americans to set aside their differences and come together.

He recognized Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was injured when a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., calling him “one of the toughest people ever to serve in this House.”

“Some trials over the past year touched this chamber very personally.  With us tonight is one of the toughest people ever to serve in this House - a guy who took a bullet, almost died, and was back to work three and a half months later: the legend from Louisiana, Congressman Steve Scalise,” Trump said.


He expressed his gratitude for “the heroic efforts of the Capitol Police officers, the Alexandria Police, and the doctors, nurses, and paramedics” who saved Scalise’s life.

“In the aftermath of that terrible shooting, we came together, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as representatives of the people, but it is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy,” the president said.

“Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve,” Trump added.

“Over the last year, the world has seen what we always knew: that no people on Earth are so fearless, or daring, or determined as Americans. If there is a mountain, we climb it. If there is a frontier, we cross it. If there is a challenge, we tame it. If there is an opportunity, we seize it,” he said.

“So let us begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our Union is strong because our people are strong,” Trump added.


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